With the exception of a couple of collaborations, Scissor Sisters have been on hiatus for the best past of five years. That has given Jake Shears plenty of time to work on solo music and he dutifully rolls out the first taste of his debut LP this week. “Creep City” is a theatrical number (would you expect anything less?) that sounds like something recorded for an off-broadway play in 1977. And I mean that as a compliment. “Get me out of this creep city,” Jake laments on the chorus. “I’m flat broke and I don’t need pity right now.”
“Creep City is a pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns,” the 39-year-old writes of the song in a letter to fans. “It has all the touchstones of the sound I’ve been conjuring. It’s a song about being in a literally scary transition, reflecting a moment of my life when I found myself without my long time cohorts, without New York City, having to reassess my surroundings.” He then explains that he found his muse in New Orleans. Listen to “Creep City” below.